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10 / 09 / 2012 - Stormont Conference hears that women are `better off` without abortion
Precious Life brought international medical speakers to a conference at Stormont to tell our Assembly Members that women are better off without abortion. The “Symposium on Maternal Health” was hosted by the All Party Pro-Life Group of The Northern Ireland Assembly in Parliament Buildings, today (10th September) at 1.00pm
Chair of the All Party Pro-Life Group, Mr Pat Ramsey MLA, welcomed the special guest speakers to Stormont - Professor Byron C. Calhoun MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA, Professor and Vice-Chair, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West Virginia University-Charleston; Dr. Priscilla K. Coleman, PhD, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio; and Professor Elard Koch, M.Sc, a molecular epidemiologist, M.Sc. and fellow researcher at the Department of Family Medicine, in the University of Chile; and
Dr Calhoun, is a specialist in the management of high-risk obstetrics and the medical complications of pregnancy, who has managed thousands of high risk pregnancies including adolescent females. He spoke about his practice and clinical research, which concentrates on pregnancies complicated by maternal and/or fetal disease. He explained his 'perinatal hospice' concept which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Dr Calhoun said, "Let’s take care of people before they’re born ..you never have to kill a baby to save the mothers life ..there is a better way ..do hospice!"
Dr. Coleman has conducted some of the best research on the harmful effects of abortion on women's mental health. She gave her presentation comparing women's mental health after childbirth compared with women's mental health after abortion. She said, ”Forty years of research has shown that women are at significantly increased risk of experiencing mental health problems following abortion ..with scientifically derived information, commitment, and compassion, we can assist professionals as they endeavor to empower women to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families."
Professor Koch presented his research on maternal healthcare in Chile when abortion was illegal; when it was legal; then when it was illegal again. His data clearly showed that women's health was much better during the times when abortion was illegal. He said, “It is a matter of scientific fact that legalised abortion is unnecessary to improve maternal health ..Restrictive abortion laws (as in Ireland) are useful to safeguard simultaneously women’s health and the unborn child.”
Dr Calhoun, Dr Coleman, and Prof. Koch also spoke at The International Symposium on Maternal Health, which took place in Dublin on Saturday (8th September 2012.) This event gave a unique insight into some of the issues surrounding maternal healthcare, high-risk pregnancies, cancer in pregnancy, premature birth and mental health (further information can be found at: www.symposiummaternalhealth.com)
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth concluded the conference stating, “We thank Professor Koch, Dr. Coleman and Dr Calhoun for kindly accepting our invitation to come to Northern Ireland to present their important research to Assembly members at Stormont. It is vital that our elected representatives know the scientific evidence proving that women’s health is better off without abortion. The laws in Northern Ireland that protects unborn children also protect our women.”